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Odisha shelter home: Police get two-day custody of NGO boss

Devdiscourse News Desk Bhubaneswar
Updated: 04-12-2018 16:20 IST
Odisha shelter home: Police get two-day custody of NGO boss

The police on Tuesday took the managing director of an NGO on a two-day remand in connection with the alleged sexual abuse of minors at a shelter home run by the organisation in Odisha's Dhenkanal district.

A special POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) court in Dhenkanal town -- 106 km from Bhubaneswar -- on Monday allowed the remand of Fayaz Rahman, who was produced at the court after his arrest.

Police sources said Rahman would be grilled about the accusations of sexual harassment of the minor girls at the shelter home, and involvement of his NGO in alleged religious conversion.

The police will also try to ascertain Rahman's foreign links and details about permission he had obtained to set up shelter homes at 22 places in the state. He will also be asked about his source of funding, the sources said.

Rahman originally hailed from Kolkata and had later obtained US citizenship. He had himself also converted to Christianity, the police said.

He would be produced at the court at 5 pm on Wednesday on completion of the remand period, they said.

Last Friday, the police had arrested the shelter home project director, Simanchal Nayak, assistant director Udit Lima and Rahman after allegations of sexual harassment of girl inmates at the home Beltikiri village surfaced in the media.

The girls at the home had alleged that they were harassed sexually, physically and mentally by Nayak over the past two years.

Nayak, who was arrested last Saturday, had denied the allegations. PTI AAM RG


(With inputs from agencies.)